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Man held two children hostage in Gary home

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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:24AM



GARY--A convicted felon surrendered to police just as they prepared to cut down a metal security door at a Glen Park home wheretwo children were being held.

Emerson Thomas III, 34, faces charges of battery and resisting law enforcement. He could also face additional punishment for violating his parole.

Sgt. Pete Blanco, Cpl. Troy Campbell and Lake County anti-gang coordinator Tom Branson spoke to Thomas through the door several times, trying to convince him to release the man’s two children, ages 10 and 4. When they finally did emerge, a 10-year-old boy had visible injuries to his face where Thomas allegedly punched him more than once.

Firefighters arrived with equipment to cut open the door when Thomas relented. Police said the boy ran directly to his mother.

The standoff, which lasted more than an hour, apparently began at Bailly Middle School. Thomas and his 10-year-old son were seen walking through Glen Park Thursday morning, stopping at a friend of Thomas’s on Harrison Street where he tried to wake the man and get a ride.

Instead, Thomas and the boy went to a house at the corner of 37th Avenue and Delaware Street, where Thomas kept the occupants until the police entered the home.



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